Showing posts with label Trade and Export Development. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Trade and Export Development. Show all posts

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Direct international flights a game changer for Canberra

The announcement by Singapore Airlines last week of direct flights to Canberra Airport is a game changer that will connect Canberra and it’s surrounds to the world, boosting its international profile and economy.

From September, flights will be available from Canberra to Singapore or New Zealand, enabling Canberra to grow into a great ‘world’ city — taking its place on the world stage.

Singapore Airlines will fly direct services from Singapore to Canberra and Canberra to Wellington in a route dubbed the ‘capital express’, with four services a week to both capital cities on a Boeing 777-200.

The start of direct international flights is expected to create significant positive economic and social impacts for the city and the region in terms of trade, investment, higher education and tourism. Independent economic modelling indicates the new flights will be worth tens of millions of dollars to the economy and create hundreds of jobs.

The ACT Government, through VisitCanberra, is partnering with Singapore Airlines and the Canberra Airport Group to deliver cooperative marketing activity in South East Asia, connecting markets and New Zealand. This will support future growth and create positive benefits for the ACT community.

Capital Airport Group’s investment in the award-winning infrastructure at the Canberra Airport has created a more than fitting gateway to the nation’s capital. Over the past three years the ACT Government has worked tirelessly with the airport to develop robust business cases to attract new direct international air services to Canberra.

“I congratulate Mr Goh Choon Phong and Singapore Airlines for recognising the opportunity our region has for their business. I commend their commitment to Australia’s capital – a city that is confident, bold and ready for the world of opportunities that this historic announcement will bring. Stronger linkages between Singapore, Canberra and Wellington will continue to prosper and grow as a result of this partnership” said the Chief Minister, who was integral in making international flights a possibility for Canberra.

“I have led several trade missions to Singapore in recent years and each mission has seen more representatives from our tourism, business and education sectors participate. Aviation has been high on the agenda during these visits, and today sees the fruition of that hard work, perseverance and commitment. All great cities of the world have international connectivity – today our journey begins.”

The first flights, already a complete sell-out, are taking off mid September with tickets available this week.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Launch of 2015 Chief Minister’s Export Awards


Nominations are now open for the 2015 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards, which recognise the important contribution that local businesses make to our economy through job creation and broadening our economic base.

The ACT has a thriving community of exporters. We contribute over 35 per cent of all Australian Government goods and services exported, and in 2013-14, 10 per cent of all Australian services in research and development (R&D) were exported from the territory to global markets – a significant national contribution.

The Awards, delivered in partnership with the Canberra Business Chamber (CBC), also acknowledge the innovation, hard work and success of Canberra businesses in reaching markets overseas.

From 2015, the ACT Government will double its funding for the Awards, providing $135,000 each year. This funding will be used to grow the Awards, highlighting those companies who are contributing to the more than $1.2 billion worth of products and services being exported annually from the ACT.

The ACT is also ranked nationally as having the highest concentration of knowledge-based activity, and the government is committed to continuing to work with our business community and higher education sector to reduce barriers and create an environment that fosters growth, innovation and entrepreneurship. The 2015-16 ACT Budget will deliver $11.75 million in new funding to support Confident and Business Ready: Building on Our Strengths, the ACT Government’s new business development strategy.

ACT Chief  Minister Andrew Barr said "I would like to take the time to acknowledge the work of the CBC, the ACT Exporters’ Network, and the positive working relationship the ACT Government has with Austrade and the ACT exporting community."

Previous Chief Minister’s Export Awards winners in all categories include Seeing Machines, Aspen Medical, Intelledox, Bearcage Pty Ltd, Datapod and the Royal Australian Mint.

"I urge all exporting businesses to enter these important awards and look forward to another excellent field of nominees. I also encourage those seeking export markets to take advantage of the ACT Government’s trade mission program" said the Chief Minister.

Find out more about the ACT Chief Minister's Export Awards.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Economic development the focus as Canberra Region unites


CBR Region logo on stickers Chief Minister Andrew Barr speaking at the launch of Canberra Region Crowd at the launch of Canberra Region

The ACT Government and 12 regional NSW councils have come together to form the new Canberra Region.

The Canberra Region’s economic development opportunities will be enhanced by the new partnership, with the councils and the ACT Government working together to capitalise on the foundations already established in the area.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said "We have a unique bond with the councils that surround our city, a bond that is mutually beneficial and leads to the prosperity of the area."

"I have no doubt this increased collaboration will create even more brilliant possibilities for our region. The development of a single brand for the region will provide a strong platform upon which we can promote our competitive strengths to potential visitors, investors, students, residents and businesses."

Council Mayors voted unanimously to work collaboratively on the development of a common regional brand to leverage off the investment the ACT Government has made on the new Canberra brand.

The Chief Minister said "The diversity of the new Canberra Region continues to amaze me. There are few other places in Australia, or indeed the world, where you can spend the morning skiing in the mountains and dine on oysters by the ocean in the evening."

The 12 regional councils joining the ACT Government as part of the Canberra Region include Young, Boorowa, Yass Valley, Harden, Goulburn-Mulwaree, Upper Lachlan, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Cooma-Monaro, Snowy River, Bombala, and Eurobodalla.

The Canberra Region brand will adopt the use of the CBR logo, which will be integrated into the existing logos already used by local councils.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Expression of Interest: Shenzhen, China and Singapore Trade Delegation


The ACT Government through Invest Canberra is seeking expressions of interest from ACT companies wishing to join a business focused visit by the ACT Chief Minister to Shenzhen, China proposed for 22 - 24 June 2015. The Chief Minister will also visit Singapore from 21 - 22 June 2015 for a series of business related engagements.

This expression of interest process aims to gauge the level of interest from individual ACT businesses to participate in the delegation and the likely level of in-market support required for programming around a visit.

The Trade Delegation would seek to leverage Canberra’s Capital City advantages and strength as an innovative service based economy delivering solutions to the public sector market. The Delegation would support companies with demonstrated market ready solutions in areas including:
  • ICT
  • e-government 
  • Services to government
  • Healthcare
  • Sport Science services
  • Professional Services

The ACT Government will offer limited financial support for company participation. Companies that meet the ACT Trade Connect Program criteria will also be able to access funding support for travel and accommodation to a maximum of $5,000 on a dollar for dollar basis.

Expressions of Interest are due 22 May 2015.

To find out more download the Expression of Interest form:
Word Trade Delegation Expression of Interest form: Word 241kB
PDF Trade Delegation Expression of Interest from: PDF 120kB

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Applications open - Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition


The Defence Material Organisation will host a Team Defence Australia exhibition stand at the 'Seoul ADEX' defence exhibition in October 2015.

Seoul ADEX is a biennial tri-service exposition and conference which commenced in 1995 and is the only significant defence trade exhibition of its type in North Asia.

Key statistics from Seoul ADEX in 2013 include
  • 361 exhibitors from 28 countries;
  • 67,000 visited during the trade days (4 days);
  • 72 official delegations from 45 countries; and
  • Claimed US$7.5 billion in contracts signed at, or as a direct result of ADEX 2013.

Applications are now open for Australian defence companies interested in participating in the mission.

Applications close 20 May 2015.

For more information visit the Department of Defence website External Link - opens in new window.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

ACT Government extends relationship with Canberra airport


ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA has joined the Managing Director of the Canberra International Airport, Stephen Byron, to formally sign the revised Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the ACT Government and the Airport.

The Chief Minister said "The ACT Government recognises the significant role Canberra Airport plays as a regional gateway and a generator of investment and employment in our city. The revised MoU reflects the ongoing work being undertaken by the ACT Government and the Canberra Airport to market our city as a destination of choice and as a transport hub to airlines, with a particular focus on increasing visitation from domestic and international markets and increasing opportunities for the export of regional products and services."

"The revised MoU also reinforces the ongoing positive and collaborative relationship the ACT Government has with the Canberra Airport – a partnership that in recent years has seen a $480 million investment by the Canberra Airport that means we now have a world class aviation facility capable of handling international flights."

"Our combined efforts to attract new air services will help grow the ACT and regional economy, and create hundreds of new jobs. Direct flight services will also help achieve the goal of our 2020 Tourism Strategy to grow the value of overnight visitor expenditure into the ACT to $2.5 billion by 2020" said the Chief Minister.

In addition, the MoU revises the role of the Canberra Airport Integration Committee, which now includes:
  • considering progress and agree shared actions;
  • facilitating the implementation of the Canberra Airport Master Plan; and
  • being a forum to discuss issues, policies and other matters in relation to planning and infrastructure, the operation and development of the Airport and the integration of the Airport into the wider community and the ACT planning context.

The Chief Minister said" I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the Capital Airport Group’s significant investment in the future of Canberra and its recent achievements, including the 2013 Australian Airport of the Year Award."

The revised MoU will be tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly in the first week of the May Sitting Period.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Student internship program to foster long term relationships with Shenzhen


A new Canberra-Shenzhen Innovation Intern Exchange Program, which aims to bring together future innovation leaders from Canberra and Shenzhen in order to foster long term collaborative relationships, has been launched by Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

The Canberra-Shenzhen Innovation Intern Exchange Program is the first education outcome of the historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the ACT Government and Shenzhen last year.

It will give two students from Canberra the opportunity to travel to Shenzhen and two Shenzhen based students to come to Canberra in order to develop their leadership skills in their chosen field and as future ambassadors for the two cities.

The program will also develop the interns’ understanding of cultures and give them the chance to learn the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) practices and innovation systems of the two cities in some of the most innovative companies and organisations in the world.
The ACT Government is committed to promoting our impressive tertiary institutions to national and international markets- supporting them to grow and attract students to the capital, which in turn supports jobs in the ACT economy.

The internship placements for Canberra students are expected to take place in Shenzhen in mid 2015 for four to eight weeks in duration. The ACT Government will provide funding support for the placements, including the cost of airfares and living expenses.

Applications for the new student intern exchange program between Canberra and Shenzhen are now open and Canberra tertiary students with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply.

Students need to be studying full time, be Australian citizens and currently enrolled in second year or higher or have graduated within one year from a Canberra-based tertiary institution.

Applications close 6 April 2015. For more information visit the Canberra-Shenzhen Innovation Intern Exchange Program webpage.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

International flights to NZ on the agenda


In the coming days, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will be meeting with senior Ministers in New Zealand and tourism and aviation industry representatives in Wellington and Auckland to discuss a range of visitor economy issues, including international flights from Canberra airport.

The Chief Minister said "New Zealand visitors are the highest contributor to Australia’s tourism industry in annual visits, however the country ranks as number five in the ACT’s own tourist numbers due to lack of direct flights."

"Direct flights from New Zealand present a great opportunity to boost our tourism economy. The move would also provide travellers from the Canberra region with a gateway to access New Zealand in a significantly shorter time.'

"The $480 million investment by the Canberra Airport means that we now have a world class aviation facility capable of handling international flights. Attracting new air services will help grow the ACT and regional economy, creating hundreds of new jobs.  In the next few days, I will be discussing the ACT Government’s willingness to pursue direct flight services as part of our 2020 Tourism strategy. This will help achieve our goal to grow the value of overnight visitor expenditure into the ACT to $2.5 billion by 2020."

Also on the agenda this week is a meeting with Wellington City Council, Grow Wellington and Positively Wellington Tourism. Discussions will include:
  • respective tourism strategies;
  • city branding;
  • infrastructure development, specifically transportation systems;
  • innovation ecosystems; and
  • closer economic cooperation between the respective capitals of Wellington and Canberra.

"On Friday, I will be participating in the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum in Auckland, where key representatives from the trans-Tasman nations will discuss the strengthening ties in a variety of industries. I will also be visiting Christchurch to view the implementation of their urban renewal agenda in the wake of the devastating earthquakes that destroyed the city in 2010 and 2011."

Friday, 12 December 2014

AFC Asian Cup Business Programs


The ACT Government’s Invest Canberra program, in partnership with Austrade, will be hosting three International Sports Business Programs as part of the AFC Asian Cup matches being held in Canberra in January 2015.

These programs include a trade, investment and education themes and will provide an opportunity to showcase Canberra’s capabilities and opportunities in key target markets.

AFC matches and key sectors are below:


  • 11 January 2015 – UAE vs Qatar – Infrastructure
  • 13 January 2015 – Kuwait vs Korea Republic – Digital/Telecommunications
  • 18 January 2015 – China PR vs DPR Korea – Tourism Infrastructure.


To find out more or register your interest in attending the events visit the Invest Canberra website External Link - opens in new window.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Canberra opens its doors to Shenzhen City in new economic agreement


Canberra is set to benefit from an economic cooperation agreement signed today by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and the Mayor of Shenzhen Mr Xu Qin, in China, marking a new era of collaboration between the two cities.

“This memorandum of understanding opens the door to a range of significant new opportunities for Canberra businesses with a city which plays home to some of the largest technology companies in the world,” the Chief Minister said.

Shenzhen has a population in excess of 15 million people and an economy eight times the size of the ACT and 15% of the size of the Australian economy.

“There are many similarities between the cities of Canberra and Shenzhen but in the first instance areas like innovation, high technology, education and environmental protection have been nominated as the priority areas to focus on,” the Chief Minister said.

“We know a number of Canberra based innovative ICT businesses are pioneering digital and other high
tech projects which are grabbing attention internationally and I hope that this economic cooperation deal will help them and others to build and promote their businesses and help them to establish in such a significant overseas market.”

The agreement will diversify Canberra’s economy by prioritising business investment, strengthening the education sector and building Canberra’s vision as a digital city.

The MOU highlights two-way investment and cooperation between the companies and institutions of Canberra and Shenzhen, on areas of shared interest including technology, innovation and industry.

This agreement with the Mayor of Shenzhen builds on the existing relationships Canberra already has with China including most importantly the well established sister-city agreement with Beijing in 2000.

“The MOU will reinforce the importance and growth of the ACT’s exporting community, and I hope that it will have significant benefits for the local economy,” the Chief Minister said.

“This agreement outlines a commitment to look for opportunities to connect Canberra and Shenzhen through Digital Canberra Action Plan initiatives, including the proposed Digital Hub.”

The Chief Minister also participated in a roundtable discussion with key business leaders in Shenzhen where she was able to showcase investment opportunities in Canberra.

“I had the opportunity to promote Canberra to investors by providing information on a number of our biggest and most exciting projects, such as City to the Lake and Capital Metro, which are priority infrastructure projects for Canberra,” the Chief Minister said.

“Other ACT Government initiatives such as Study Canberra, Digital Canberra and Visit Canberra were also highlighted, as well as our significant capabilities in research and development.

“Today’s discussion also focussed on digital industry and innovation and included discussions with some of Shenzhen’s biggest and most innovative companies.

“My message to Shenzhen businesses is that Canberra is open for business and ready for international investment and partnerships,” the Chief Minister concluded.

Today’s signing ceremony signifies as important step forward for Canberra as a global city. Partnering with one of the world’s most rapidly developing, innovative and dynamic economies is a very positive development for Australia’s national capital.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Seeing Machines named 2014 ACT Exporter of the Year


2014 ACT Chief Minister's Export Awards winners

Canberra-based technology company Seeing Machines has been crowned ACT Exporter of the Year at the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards held on 14 October 2014.

Seeing Machines is renowned for developing state of the art fatigue and distraction monitoring technology, including the Driver Safety System (DSS) which is already being used by mining, commercial road-transport and automotive industries worldwide.

The company, which was founded in 1999, now has 95 employees working across Canberra, San Francisco, Arizona and Tuscany, with export sales accounting for 53% of its revenue.

Seeing Machines recognition as 2014 ACT Exporter of the Year comes a month after the company announced a collaboration deal with Samsung which aims to bring face and eye tracking technology to the consumer electronics market.

"We are delighted to be recognised as the 2014 ACT Exporter of the Year," Seeing Machines CEO Ken Kroger said.

"Canberra is a great place to do business. The collaboration between organisations such as NICTA and the ANU are part of a small technology community that come together to share resources and ideas and support each other."

Seeing Machines have also signed a three-year strategic agreement with Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. which will introduce their state-of-the-art Driver Safety System to the rail industry.

Canberra Business Chamber CEO, Chris Faulks, congratulated Seeing Machines on winning the 2014 ACT Exporter of the Year, as well as the Information and Communication Technology category for the second year running.

"Seeing Machines success is a testament to the growing strength of the export industry in the ACT", Ms Faulks said.

"Since winning the Information and Communication Technology category at the Export Awards last year Seeing Machines has grown considerably and this award is due recognition for their achievements.

"Seeing Machines, along with the other 10 category winners, is a prime example of the innovative, global success of ACT exporters who use our country’s capital as a base".

First time winners in this years Export Awards included iSimulate (Education and Training), OnTheGo (Online Sales), as well as Frameskin and Austranter Medical, who shared the Emerging Exporter award.

The full list of winners for the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards:
  • ACT Exporter of the Year – Seeing Machines 
  • Business Services – Intelledox 
  • Education and Training – iSimulate 
  • Environmental Solutions – Windlab
  • Health and Biotechnology – Aspen Medical 
  • Information and Communication Technology – Seeing Machines
  • Manufacturing – Datapod 
  • Online Sales- OnTheGo 
  • Small Business – IE Asia Pacific 
  • Emerging – Frameskin and Austranter Medical (ACT only) 
  • ACT Exporting Government Solutions – Royal Australian Mint (ACT only) Exporting To Asia – Intelledox (ACT only) 

All ACT category winners will qualify for entry into the 52nd Australian Export Awards which will be held in Melbourne in November.

The ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards are an initiative of the ACT Government delivered by Canberra Business Chamber.

Monday, 13 October 2014

ACT economy and StudyCanberra to form focus of China discussions


Promoting Canberra as an investment location and developing agreements to boost the local economy will be high on the agenda when Chief Minister Katy Gallagher visits China this week.

"I will be conducting a series of meetings with significant Chinese investors as well as Chinese companies which already have a keen interest in Canberra, like Huawei," the Chief Minister said.

"These meetings will not only help to further develop the trade and economic relationships that have been established during previous trips to China but will aim to build new avenues for the ACT Government to pursue which relate to our government priorities, such as StudyCanberra and major infrastructure projects like the City to the Lake development."

"I am looking forward to my discussions with the Mayor of Shenzhen, Mr XÇ” Qín, who we have been working closely with to develop an economic memorandum of understanding (MOU) between our two cities," the Chief Minister said.

"Shenzhen is a city of 10.6 million people and has an economy which is eight times the size of the ACT and 15% the size of the entire Australian economy. This MOU will be a great opportunity for the ACT to strengthen trade and investment relationships and promote tourism and education.

"This MOU will also present new and exciting opportunities for Canberra businesses to build new relationships with Chinese businesses but also to attract investment opportunities in government projects like City to the Lake," the Chief Minister said.

The new relationships created during this visit will build on the existing strong relationship that Canberra has had since 2000 with the Chinese Capital Beijing and I look forward to the imminent opening of he Chinese Garden which symbolises this important relationship.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

StudyCanberra Scholarship winner announced

One of Canberra's most enthusiastic advocates in the higher education sector has been announced by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher as the recipient of the inaugural StudyCanberra and Yellow Edge scholarship to China.

Luke Garner from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra will travel to Shanghai at the end of next week to attend the Global Leadership Practices Program (GLPP) at the prestigious China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP), where he will gain valuable insights in to the Australia-China strategic relationship and workings of the Chinese central government.

He will also have the opportunity to promote Canberra as a world-class destination for education and business, and will share the StudyCanberra message with potential students and businesses overseas.

"We received a number of strong applications for the scholarship but I am delighted to announce Luke as the winner," the Chief Minister said.

"Luke was able to articulate a broad vision for how he will use the scholarship for the benefit of Canberra and I have no doubt that we have chosen one of Canberra's strongest higher education advocates to highlight the opportunities our city  boasts not only in education, but in employment, business and investment."

Mr Garner's career in the education sector has spanned over 16 years and he has experience in alumni, working with industry and graduates, research, admissions, student recruitment and student services.

"I am proud to call Canberra home and I want to be an advocate for all stakeholders in the education and research industries as I believe these industries will underpin the future growth of the Canberra economy," Mr Garner said.

"Canberra's education and research industry has not reached its full potential and it will continue to attract more high quality students and research partners from Australia and around the world.

"Where Boston is considered America's centre for higher education and research, in my opinion Canberra is deserving of this reputation in Australia," Mr Garner concluded.

The ACT Government partnered with local leadership development and performance experts Yellow Edge to establish the scholarship which was open to ACT residents working in the private and not-for-profit sectors.

"The ACT Government is always pleased to align itself with local companies who are passionate about our city and who work hard to ensure Canberra is seen as a global leader in education," the Chief Minister said.

"The team at Yellow Edge have done a remarkable job on the scholarship so far and I look forward to continuing to work closely with them for the duration of the StudyCanberra program."

The scholarship to China is one of the initiatives of StudyCanberra which aims to establish Canberra as a destination of choice for domestic and international students, increase the capacity of ACT tertiary education for research and innovation and to promote the contribution of education to the ACT economy.

For more information visit the StudyCanberra website External Link - opens in new window.

Watch Luke's application video:


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Northrop’s innovation in pursuit of international markets


Originating from Canberra, specialist engineering and consultancy service, Northrop has now expanded its services across metropolitan and rural Australia, South East Asia and New Zealand.

In 2013 the company was named the winner of the Business Services category at the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards, acknowledging their commitment to delivering innovative and flexible designs for their clients.

Since winning the award, Northrop has also pursued projects in Hong Kong, Singapore and Qatar and now has its eyes set on projects in the United Arab Emirates and India. Dynamic marketing and the consequential recognition has been instrumental in increasing brand awareness in Asia and the Middle East.

Northrop’s Specialist Service Manager, Jason Shepherd, recognises the ACT Government and Austrade as major supporters of the company and their international pursuits.

“[Winning] has been extremely beneficial to our company as we develop our export markets. Having the ACT Government’s recognition is a big door opener and instiller of trust in us for what we do and our reliability” said Mr Shepherd.

On the topic of the company’s Canberra origins, Shepherd adds that Canberra is a great place for business.
“Costs are reasonable, services are good and lifestyle allows for work life balance. It also has good access to government and other exporters who touch on defence and law enforcement so the opportunity for partnering and brainstorming is substantial.” Mr Shepherd said

On recommending other companies to participate in the ACT Export Awards, Mr Shepherd is quick to encourage others, stating that “it is extremely worthwhile.”

Has your business had international success like Northrop? Nominations for the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards are currently open and close on 22 August 2014.

For more information or to apply for the awards visit the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards website External Link - opens in new window.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Benefits of Trade Mission to Singapore


Mick Spencer, Founder and Managing Director of ‪Canberra‬ business OnTheGo discusses the benefits of the ACT Government's recent Trade mission to ‪Singapore‬.



Tuesday, 29 July 2014

A year of growth and development for Windlab


Global wind energy development company Windlab was established in 2003 to commercialise world leading atmospheric modelling and wind energy assessment technology as developed by Australia’s scientific research institute, the CSIRO.

Windlab has been utilising this technology to identify and develop ready to build wind farms which produce significant amounts of renewable energy, at a lesser expense than any other electricity producing alternative.
Windlab’s initiative and key role in the creation and development of Australia’s wind industry was recognised at the 2013 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards where they took out the category winner’s prize for Infrastructure and Construction.

Since then the company has continued to expand with Windlab’s 7500MW of renewable energy development pipeline maturing rapidly, as well as significant expansion in the overseas market.
2014 has also been a busy year for Windlab , with a focus on research and development.

Windlab’s Canberra based renewable energy centre-for-excellence, the WindScape Institute, was announced in March. The Institute consists of a team of highly trained physicists and engineers, many of whom studied locally at the Australian National University (ANU).

The objectives of WindScape are to create a high resolution global wind energy database using Windlab’s industry leading wind prospecting technology and to provide a centre to train the next generation of wind energy engineers and scientists.

Windlab Australian General Manager, Garth Heron, says that Canberra’s unique characteristics have played a key role in the company’s development and success.

“As a knowledge-based exporter, the strength of the ACT’s educational and tertiary institutions is at the heart of Windlab’s domestic and international competitive advantage,” Heron said.

“Canberra possesses an active culture of innovative technology-based entrepreneurialism that is not just encouraged but actively pursued and enabled through private and government collaboration.”

Windlab’s collaborative efforts stretch to government, tertiary institutions and industry associations such as the ACT Exporters Network, Canberra Business Council, South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence (SERREE) and others.

The ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards celebrate success stories such as this, providing national recognition for some of ACT’s quietest achievers.

“I’d whole-heartedly encourage any company exporting products and services from the ACT take a brief moment away from their day to day business and get involved in the ACT Export Awards,” said Heron.

Has your business had success like Windlab? Nominations for the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards are currently open and close on 22 August 2014.

For more information or to apply for the awards visit the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards website External Link - opens in new window.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Singapore connections strengthened


In June, Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr led the ACT Government’s biggest ever overseas-bound delegation to Singapore, promoting Canberra’s trade, investment and tourism credentials as well as the education, ICT, creative, food, wine and sport sectors.

Participants on the trade mission included, Link Digital, SchoolPro, Quintessence Labs, E-Way, Contentgroup, Wild Bear Entertainment, OnTheGo Sports and 2014 Telstra ACT Business of the Year, Intelledox.

Other participants included prominent Canberra organisations such as ActewAGL, the National Gallery of Australia, University of Canberra, the Australian National University, Canberra Airport, the Canberra Business Council, NICTA, CollabIT, the National Zoo and Aquarium, the University of Canberra Brumbies, the AIS, ACTSport and the Accor and Rex Hotel groups.

Trade missions are component strategies of the ACT Government’s Global Connect program. The mission to Singapore had multiple objectives, from continuing to advocate for direct international flights to Canberra, to presenting investment opportunities around transformational projects such as City to the Lake and Capital Metro, deepening tourism connections and leveraging the business of sport.

The trade mission also showcased Canberra’s ICT capabilities with a number of participating companies taking part in CommunicAsia, Asia’s largest ICT exhibition. In the context of CommunicAsia, Intelledox announced a new deal that would see the company partner with business giant Fuji Xerox. The deal means that Fuji Xerox will become an authorised reseller of Intelledox’s Infiniti software in the Asia-Pacific market. Read more in Canberra software company Intelledox to partner with Fuji Xerox.

Canberra business OnTheGo Sports also had success on the mission, signing an exclusive deal to supply customised fitness apparel to international fitness chain, Anytime Fitness, for its Asian operations. The deal means OnTheGo will expand on its partnership with Anytime in Australia by supplying more than 30 individual products to gyms across Singapore, China, India, Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines. Read more in Canberra fitness startup signs new Asian deal.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Emerging exporters still lifting their game

In 2013 local company QuintessenceLabs’ profile was lifted after being crowned the Emerging Exporter at the 2013 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards.

The company specialises in next generation security solutions and has continued to enhance its product and service offering by speaking directly with customers and prospects.

QuintessenceLabs CEO, Vikram Sharma, says that the award was motivation for the company to take-on larger international markets and customers.

“Winning the Emerging Export Award was recognition of the hard work the talented team at QuintessenceLabs puts in to secure long term and sustained international business,” Dr Sharma said.

“It was a proud example of our projected success into the future.”

Since winning the award in 2013, Quintessence has remained focussed on building a business to be successful on the world stage.

“It is possible to do business anywhere in the world, but Canberra presents a unique combination of attributes that makes it a truly great place to do business,” Sharma continued.

“Every year of our journey has been exciting and 2014 is proving to be the most exciting yet.”

The 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards will be held on 14 October at the Hyatt Hotel and will continue to play a key role in recognising the excellence and brilliant possibilities of the local exporting industry.

Will your business have success like QuintessenceLabs? Nominations for the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards are currently open and close on 1 September 2014.

For more information or to apply for the awards visit the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards website.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Canberra duo inducted into to the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Global Hall of Fame


Left: Glenn Keys and Andrew Walker, Right: Aspen Medical services

The founders of Canberra-based Aspen Medical, Glenn Keys and Dr Andrew Walker, have been inducted into the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year Global Hall of Fame at an event held in Shanghai on 21 May 2014. This is the first time a Canberra business has achieved this honour.

Mr Keys and Dr Walker originally won the national services category of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ in 2006. Since then Aspen Medical has become a world leader in the provision of healthcare services in the Defence, Resources, Government and Humanitarian sectors and today employs more than 2,000 health professionals and support team across Australasia, the US, Canada, Europe and the Gulf Region.

“We’re delighted to be sharing this award with our entire global team. The Aspen business model may have been our brainchild but it is they who deliver world-class healthcare solutions 24/7, wherever they are needed”, said Dr Andrew Walker, Chairman of Aspen Medical.

Todd Wills, Partner at EY, said “The EY Entrepreneur of the Year Global Hall of Fame is an elite group of men and women who have been recognised for their exceptional entrepreneurial achievements.”

“Glenn Keys and Andrew Walker of Aspen Medical are worthy inductees into this elite group. From a simple start-up in Canberra, they have truly created a great Australian and Global company.”

“Congratulations to them both on being recognised for their contribution, innovation and leadership in building and growing a successful global business” continued Mr Wills.

Aspen Medical was founded in 2003 when Mr Keys and Dr Walker won a contract to provide consultancy services to the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. The company’s current contracts include the provision of on-base health services to the Australian Defence Force at 52 sites across Australia, a multi award-winning aero-medical evacuation services for the Oil and Gas industry in WA, the provision of health professionals to remote Indigenous communities in the NT in support of Government initiatives and providing an affiliate ambulance service in the United Arab Emirates.

Aspen Medical’s commitment to proving leading healthcare services internationally has seen the company be recognised by both the local and national exporting community. Locally, Aspen Medical has been named ACT Exporter of the Year at the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards for the past three years running. In both 2011 and 2013 the company also went on to win categories at the National Export Awards.

Will your business have success like Aspen Medical? Nominations for the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards are currently open and close on 1 September 2014.

For more information or to apply for the awards visit the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards website External Link - opens in new window.